Rep. Julius Ihonvbere believes that establishing a federal university of sports in Afuze, Edo, will aid the development of Nigerian athletes.
The congressman, who represents the Owan Federal Constituency, added that the facility will also assist athletes in improving their performance in local and international tournaments.
Mr Ihonvbere gave an interview to the Nigerian News Agency in Afuze on Wednesday.
The House of Representatives has passed the third reading of a bill to establish the university, according to NAN.
Ihonvbere supported the Federal University of Sports, Afuze, Edo, State (Establishment) Bill, 2019.
He told NAN that the university’s foundation would be historic since it would be the country’s first.
”Hundreds of retired athletes and coaches will be ready to use this facility to train our youth,” he stated.
Ihonvbere went on to say that it would reestablish sports as a major source of revenue and jobs in Nigeria.
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Sports College, Afuze, he claims, is the country’s oldest sports institution, tasked with teaching and producing coaches, sports managers, and athletes for Edo and Nigeria as a whole.
He claimed that Nigeria’s sporting fortunes were dwindling due to a lack of facilities.
“We don’t have a lot of success in athletics. How many events do we want to compete in in the next Olympics?
“Nigeria has plainly declined; the days of Okocha and Kanu are long gone. We’re not going to set any new world records.
He told NAN that the Federal University of Sport, Afuze, will assist Nigeria in breaking the cycle.
He also mentioned that sports has grown into a multibillion-dollar industry around the world.
“Sports make billions in the United Kingdom every year; here in Nigeria, we are losing money, and no one watches our national league anymore.
”I believe the president will sign the law on the basis of business, physical health, intellectual growth, and the creation of capable athletes to represent Nigeria and bring honors to the country.
“Because we already have the facilities, it won’t cost us a lot of money.
”We expect the president to sign the bill into law since it is the same facilities that Ogbemudia utilized to create highly-rated athletes,” Ihonvbere added.